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Golden Key
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This month's book is "Worldwalk", by Steven M. Newman. Subtitle: "One man's four-year journey around the world". It's a true story.

I like this book a lot. I hope you will, too.

Tentative start date is Nov. 20th. Please post here to let me know you're participating. (That's just so I can figure out whether we're ready to start on the 20th, or need a little more time. It's ok to join late. [Smile] )

PLEASE do not start discussing the book before I give the signal on the 20th. Don't spoil it for everyone else! Thanks.
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andras
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I'll try to get my hands on a SH copy; assuming there's something out there at a reasonable price I'll be In!

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I'm in. Kindle Unlimited (I know not everyone uses Amazon) has it for free at the moment.

Looking forward to reading this.

[ 02. November 2017, 12:39: Message edited by: Sarasa ]

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Worldwalk costs real money on Kindle - so much so that it almost costs the same as a month of Kindle Unlimited.

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Golden Key
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CK--

Maybe check with Sarasa to see if you're looking at different places?

FWIW.

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Trudy Scrumptious

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It's not on Kobo, which is my usual way to get e-books, but I'll have a look for it on Kindle.

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Golden Key
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Re obtaining the book:

I just happened to surf into Thriftbooks.com. I looked up the book, and there are quite a few paperback and hardback copies, all used and reasonably priced, IMHO.

I don't see any e-books, but I may have missed something.

NOTE: I've never bought from Thriftbooks.

Once in a while, I do run into absurdly highly-priced used books. I'm never sure if they're collectibles, or the lister goofed (typo, different language/numbers), or it's a scam.

Hope everyone can find some kind of copy!

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It is readily available on Amazon as a paperback for around £2.80, but all these copies are in the USA and require 2-3 weeks delivery! Copies are available in the UK but start at around £17.50.

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Golden Key
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How's everyone doing? Is the 20th still an ok start date, or do you need longer?

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andras
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'Fraid I've not managed to source a second-hand copy, and as I suspect it's not a book I'll want to keep in the long term you'll have to count me out - sorry!

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It's full cost on Kindle (£7.48), so I haven't bought it. Kindle Unlimited does have it free, but to get that requires subscribing (@ £7.99 a month), and that costs almost as much as buying the book.

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Does Kindle Unlimited have a free books for joining bonus? I don't use e-readers. But I know Amazon US keeps offering me a couple of books if I sign up for whatever reader they've got.

Also, has anyone checked a library?

The Good Reads page for Worldwalk has links to stores and libraries. They're just below the initial description. I don't see a way to specify the UK, but the individual stores probably do.

FWIW, YMMV.

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One more thing:

***It looks like it's available online or to download at ReadAnyBook. I'm not sure how the site works, but I think you have to register. I don't see a charge listed. But it might be worth checking out.

FWIW.

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CK--

Sorry. When I was writing, I forgot that you'd already mentioned the free book bonus.

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Worldwalk is not in my local county library catalogue. It is available new or secondhand as a paperback or hardback from Amazon or on Kindle, at various prices. I haven't searched the local charity shops to see if it exists in any of those shops because it's unlikely.

Kindle Unlimited is a service for Kindle materials. Subscribing gives access to a range of books for free. I have looked at it in the past as I often spend more than £8 a month on books, but the books I want are not usually on Kindle Unlimited, and I don't want to get locked into a subscription with Amazon, which "rotates a selection of magazines" - this smells like a bait and switch deal to me.

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Golden Key
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Still the 19th here, but I'm going to start this a little early.


DISCUSSION STARTS HERE.


Likes/dislikes? (People, places, incidents.)

Have you ever wanted to do something like this? Where would you go?

Was Steve too naive? Did that make the journey harder or easier for him?

Could someone do that trip today? (Given geo-politics, terrorism, epidemics, etc.)


Feel free to go beyond these questions. I may add more later.

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Thanks for suggesting this book Golden Key, it was an interesting read.

I disliked his view of the UK, that peple were expecting things to be done for them. It seemed like a massive over-genralisation to me, which made me wonder about some of the other generalistation in the book. Is Pakistan really so totally different to India for instance? I did like the theme of trust that came out, even if sometimes caution was the better option. I liked finding the opal in the desert, but not the incident that led up to it being lost. I wonder if he could have handled the initial confrontation better.

I don't think he was naive as such, rather than un-prepared at first, not trying out his backpack when he was doing his training walks for instance. I think a sense of trust in the world is something that anyone starting this sort of journey needs.

I was wondering about whether it would be possible today too. If he'd done it a couple of years later he'd have been slap-bang in the middle of the conflict in former Yugoslavia for instance., and he didn't go near Iran/Irag becuase for the tensions there. I think whenever you do this sort of things you are going to come across conflicts, disease and other difficulties, but I don't think that is a reason for not trying.

I must say I didn't enjoy his writing style at first, though I got used to it as the book progressed. I was also wondering about leaving when he knew his father was seriously ill. I'm not sure if I applaud him for following his heart, or think he should have waited a few months before starting.

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